The Sauvabelin Park is located north of the city of Lausanne at an altitude of about 650 metres. It is made up of many free attractions and is an excellent idea for a walk with small children.
Parking spaces next to the restaurant and the playground.
The park and woods of Sauvabelin are composed by the following elements:
- A tower
- A lake
- A playground
- An animal park
- A forest
- An old funicular railway
A video on the Sauvabelin Park.
The Sauvabelin tower is a wooden building built in 2003 in the heart of the Sauvabelin forest, a few minutes from the lake. A double-helical staircase allows you to climb to its top for free. The visitor finds himself above the treetops and can enjoy a beautiful view of the Lake Geneva basin, the French, Valais and Vaud Alps as well as the pre-Alps of Fribourg.
The view of the French Alps from the top of the Sauvabelin tower. The Lausanne cathedral with its two towers can be seen on the right.
A video with a drone on the Sauvabelin tower.
Lake Sauvabelin is an artificial body of water fed by springs and, if necessary, by the water network of the city of Lausanne. The lake covers an area of about 15’000 m² and was built at the end of the 19th century as an ice rink in winter, a function it no longer has today.
The “Pinte de Sauvabelin” restaurant is located on the lake, next to the playground. It offers a non-stop kitchen from 11.30am to 10pm. In the summer, a nice terrace by the lake is at your disposal.
A new and large playground will delight the children right next to the restaurant. Another smaller and older playground is located opposite the first one on the other side of the lake.
Since 2005, the Sauvabelin animal park is composed of the following animals of ProSpecieRara breeds:
- Vaches grises rhétiques (Cows)
- Porcs laineux (Hogs)
- Moutons roux du Valais (Sheeps)
- Chèvres bottées (Goats)
- Poules appenzelloises huppées (Hens)
ProSpecieRara is a non-commercial foundation created in 1982 for the conservation of rare species and breeds present in Switzerland.
A video about the animals in the Sauvabelin mini-zoo.
The Sauvabelin forest comprises about 80 hectares of forest, some of which is occupied by century-old oaks.
The Lausanne-Signal funicular is a disused funicular that used to connect the Vallon district of Lausanne to Sauvabelin. Built in 1899, it was decommissioned in 1948 due to lack of profitability.
A video about the old Lausanne-Signal funicular line.